Wilsons Promontory National Park is slowly recovering from the extensive damage to infrastructure, roads and walking tracks caused by extreme weather back in March 2011, but it will still be some time before much of it will be open to the public.
While many popular day walks are open at the northern end of the Prom, many of the more southerly tracks will remain closed until further notice due to flood damage and ongoing recovery works.
The good news is that the Darby River bridge roadworks are almost complete and restoring access to Tidal River is well underway. So too is repair work to to the walking tracks to Lilly Pilly Gully and South Norman beach. Two new sections of boardwalk at Tongue Point have also been completed.
To understand why it is taking so long, take a look at the photos of the damage that Parks Victoria and Vic Roads is having to deal with.
The northern section of Wilsons Promontory National Park is open for day visitation. Areas open include:
- Limited camp sites are available at the Stockyard Camp, just inside the gates of Wilsons Prom. This is a ‘bush camping’ experience with limited toilets and shower facilities, but no drinking water supplies.
- Vereker Outlook
- Cotters Lake
- Big Drift
- Hourigans Camp Lane
- All overnight hikes will remain closed until further notice.
- The main access road remains closed beyond the airbase (14km inside the park), and is undergoing assessment by Vic Roads while Parks Victoria continues damage assessment throughout the park.
- Bookings up to and including 31 July 2011 are suspended white VicRoads and Parks Victoria continue the extensive flood recovery works to both roads and infrastructure to ensure we are prepared for the busy spring and summer seasons.
New bookings (all areas) are temporarily on hold as the current focus is on assessing damage to the park. Visit the Parks Victoria website for updated information.
All bookings will be refunded in full, as Parks Victoria is not able to offer a booking transfer to a later date.
For information regarding touring, accommodation and what’s on within South Gippsland, explore this website, which is full of local information; contact Prom Country Tourism on 1800 630 704 or visit www.visitpromcountry.com.au
The staff at Parks Victoria thank everyone for their understanding and patience while this series of vital works takes place.